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Articles by Sabo Kpade

25 Mar 2020
This year’s Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary African Art sale on March 25 is still going ahead, amid the global coronavirus pandemic, but behind-closed-doors and online.
18 Mar 2020
This year’s edition of Bonhams Modern and Contemporary African Art Auction is setting up to be a harvest of masterful works, says Sabo Kpade, our London correspondent in this survey of the annual sale at the auctioneer’s London headquarters.
19 Feb 2020
In transposing Chekhov's 3 Sisters from 1900s Russia to 1960’s Nigeria, poet and playwright Inua Ellams has given the much-performed play new resonance rarely seen on a London stage.
19 Feb 2020
In transposing Chekhov's 3 Sisters from 1900s Russia to 1960’s Nigeria, poet and playwright Inua Ellams has given the much-performed play new resonance rarely seen on a London stage. And so the Prozorov siblings - Olga, Marsha, Irina and Andrey are now Lolo, Nne Chukwu, Udo and Dimgba - Igbo’s who have fled Lagos (at…
9 Dec 2019
To mark the 10th and final edition of the annual TedxEuston talk series, we have selected the 10 best talks in its 10-year history.
8 Sep 2019
Believe the hype and last weekend’s African Fashion Week London - its ninth - was a rounded success.
28 Jul 2019
Now 85, the current exhibition at the UK’s Tate Britain is Bowling’s first major retrospective in a career that spans 60 years. It is preceded by a major museum exhibition titled, Mappa Mundi, drawing from the works he made from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. It was curated by Okwui Enwezor and Anna Schindier and has toured in Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
7 Jul 2019
Few directors render Nigerian life on stage as do Femi Elufowoju Jr. For 13 years, the British-Nigerian film actor and theatre-maker ran Tiata Fahodzi which is considered to be the premiere African national touring company in the UK. Most recently, he has achieved success directing the stage version of Lola Shoneyin’s novel “The Secret Lives…
23 Jun 2019
The inaugural edition of the Wish Africa Expo, held at London’s Kensington Olympia on June 8th and 9th, was an assembly of high-profile guest speakers...
26 May 2019
From the improbable blend of ragga and trap to new iterations of power ballads, from rock-rap to hybrids of West African highlife, here are the best new UK artists to watch. Scrxlard Scarlrxd could not escape comparisons to XXX Tentacion, Limp Bizkit and even Run DMC & Aerosmith on “Walk This Way” but most telling…
12 May 2019
In Inua Ellam’s “The Half God of Rainfall”, Zeus, the thunder-god of Greek mythology loses a bet to Sango, his equivalent among Yoruba deities and proceeds to violate Modupe, a mortal who bore a child called Demi described by the poet & playwright thus: “Half Nigerian mortal. Half Grecian God. Half-child of Zeus. Half-lord of river waters”. Demi grows into a celebrated basketball player and nurses an ambition to avenge the crime against his mother. The recombination of deities may initially seem sensational but not for too long. Once primed, the readers’ imagination is engined by the revenge plot and fanfare rise to fame of its hero Demi all of which is vividly rendered by Ellam’s powers of memorable description.
12 May 2019
In the closing pages of his instructive biography, “Kill The Black One First”, Michael Fuller, 60, is asked by an archivist: “May I ask what you have done with your life?” “At 16 I became a police cadet” said Fuller, “at 45 I was chief constable of Kent. I’ve got a degree, two masters, three…